Friday, February 12, 2016

Skywatch Friday 137














An overcast, dreary day, but it was still a nice walk . . .

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Thursday, February 11, 2016

Thursday Thirteen 405: Winter Walk

Thirteen photos taken during a winter walk last week -- the photos I meant to share last Thursday before the file somehow disappeared from my USB drive. I'm glad I was able to get out last week as the windchills have been far too brutal and dangerous for long walks this week. This week's weather is definitely made for hibernating, which is what I intend to do over the coming weekend.



Icicle 




Wind-blown snow along a bridge support












Believe it or not, there is a path through these trees. 








The smaller of two nearby sledding hills was bare
when I passed by -- but probably not for long. 





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Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Wordless Wednesday 205: Squirrel!












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Teaser Tuesday 298: Twisted Threads

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Jenn of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

* Grab your current book or recent read.
* Share a few "teaser" sentences from somewhere in the book.
* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away. You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
* Share the title and author so that other participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teaser!



This week's teaser comes from the first book in a new mystery series, Twisted Threads by Lea Wait, an embroidery mystery.


Intro:
The day had already been the sort I wanted to drown in a cold beer or a bubble bath. Preferably both. And that was before I heard Gram’s voice, loud and clear as always, coming from my “missed messages.”

“Angel, it’s time to come home. They’ve found your mama.”

(Chapter One)

~*~*~*~*~

The bathroom door was open. Jacques was lying on the floor, his body jerking up and down.

(Chapter Fifteen)




ABOUT THE BOOK:
Series: Mainely Needlepoint #1


Returning to the quaint coastal town of Harbor Haven, Maine—a place she once called home—Angie Curtis finds her memories aren’t all quite pleasant ones…

After leaving a decade ago, Angie has been called back to Harbor Haven by her grandmother, Charlotte, who raised her following her mother’s disappearance when she was a child. Her mother has been found, and now the question of her whereabouts has sadly become the mystery of her murder.

The bright spot in Angie’s homecoming is reuniting with Charlotte, who has started her own needlepointing business with a group called Mainely Needlepointers. But when a shady business associate of the stitchers dies suddenly under suspicious circumstances, Charlotte and Angie become suspects. As Angie starts to weave together clues, she discovers that this new murder may have ties to her own mother’s cold case . . .






Friday, February 05, 2016

Skywatch Friday 136

SNOW DAY!












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Thursday, February 04, 2016

Thursday Thirteen 404: Thirteen Titles

I lost my original intended post for today, so... here are "Thirteen" titles.



01. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

02. The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

03. Lean Mean Thirteen by Janet Evanovich

04. 13 to Life by Shannon Delany

05. Thirteen by Kelley Armstrong

06. Unlucky 13 by James Patterson

07. Thirteen by Richard K. Morgan

08. 13 Treasures by Michelle Harrison

09. 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson

10. The Thirteenth Princess by Diane Zahler

11. The Thirteen Hallows by Michael Scott

12. Thirteen Moons by Charles Frazier

13. 13½ by Nevada Barr



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Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Teaser Tuesday 297: The BFG

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Jenn of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

* Grab your current book or recent read.
* Share a few "teaser" sentences from somewhere in the book.
* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away. You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
* Share the title and author so that other participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teaser!



This week’s teaser comes from a children's book by Roald Dahl, The BFG, now a Steven Spielberg movie which will be out in theaters in July 2016. You can view the movie trailer here.


Sophie, crouching underneath the blanket, felt strong fingers grasping hold of her, and then she was lifted up from her bed, blanket and all, and whisked out of the window.

If you can think of anything more terrifying than that happening to you in the middle of the night, then let’s hear about it.

(The Snatch)








ABOUT THE BOOK:

Captured by a giant! The BFG is no ordinary bone-crunching giant. He is far too nice and jumbly. It's lucky for Sophie that he is. Had she been carried off in the middle of the night by the Bloodbottler, the Fleshlumpeater, the Bonecruncher, or any of the other giants -- rather than the BFG -- she would have soon become breakfast.

When Sophie hears that they are flush-bunking off to England to swollomp a few nice little chiddlers, she decides she must stop them once and for all. And the BFG is going to help her!






Saturday, January 30, 2016

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Skywatch Friday 135

We've had some snow (though nothing like out east) and overcast skies this week, which makes for pretty scenery even if the days are dreary.



View through back window


Crabapples covered in snow


A nearby park was eerily silent



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Thursday Thirteen 403: Snowy walk

We had snow here Monday night -- nowhere near the amount they received out east, but more than twice what was originally predicted, for a total of 4.5 inches. Having Tuesday afternoon off, I forced myself out for a bit of fresh air with my camera. There wasn't a squirrel in sight, but I did see a couple of wild turkeys (not close enough to photograph), as well as a lone hawk soaring overhead. There was also a bit of activity at the local sledding hill.




crabapples








The weirdest thing about this dried flower cluster is that there
were no bushes -- flowering or otherwise -- anywhere near them.
 






Top of the sledding hill








Turkey tracks -- I followed these downhill for half a block,
until they abruptly disappeared. There were no signs
of them wading through someone's yard, and I did not
see them across the street. They simply vanished.





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